On Friday morning, after we were done with breakfast, I said goodbye to Merri and Theodora who both had to work, and headed back to Merri’s apartment to meet up with my friend Ashley who was arriving in town from Chicago around noon.
After I hopped on the bus, I got off at an early stop so I could walk for a little while and shop before it was time to shower and get ready for Ashley’s arrival. My first pit stop took me to Express because I wanted to pick up an adorable pair of drawstring pants that I saw one of Merri’s coworkers wearing the other day. They were super cute and since there was a store-wide 40 percent off sale, I couldn’t resist.
Before I arrived at Merri’s apartment, I took some time to stroll through the market at Union Square and drool over the freshly baked breads and sweets and take in the smell of the evergreen wreaths and garland for sale.
While there, I couldn’t resist picking up m’smen, a buttery Moroccan flatbread that tasted a lot like a thick crepe stuffed with caramelized onion and cheese.
You better believe I will be doing my best to recreate this at home very soon!
Once I made it back to Merri’s apartment, I took a quick shower before Ashley arrived and we headed back out into the city to check out the holiday sights.
Our first stop was the famous tree at Rockefeller Center.
It was absolutely packed, so we stayed just long enough to snap some pictures and watch the ice skaters for a little while.
We walked around the city for the rest of the afternoon, grabbed a late lunch and headed back to Merri’s apartment to get ready while our other friends began to arrive from Florida, Virginia and Illinois.
Everyone started arriving in the early evening and Ryan was the last one to land in New York around 6 p.m. We had plans to meet at Rolf’s, the bar we visited last year that was completely decked out in Christmas decor. It is truly an amazing sight and their mulled wine is so, so good.
We had early evening reservations that we ended up missing and since the bar was ridiculously crowded and we didn’t want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, we opted to walk to Old Town Bar since it would accommodate our group of 15 for an impromptu dinner and festive drinks.
Hot apple toddys were a big hit with all of us!
We enjoyed our drinks and dinner but had to leave by 8:45 p.m. since we had reservations at Cafe Wa? for an evening full of great live music!
The music was great and it was a really fun night!
More fun to come…